MEET THE TEAM
Founder & CEO
Brian Knight is the owner and founder of Pragmatic Works and is a serial entrepreneur, starting other companies throughout his prolific career. He is the author of more than fifteen technical books and has spoken at dozens of conferences like PASS, SQL Connections, and TechEd. He has received a number of awards from the state, governor and press including the Business Ambassador Award (Governor) and Top CEO (Jacksonville Magazine). He is on the board of the region’s Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation.
Devin Knight is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, Microsoft Certified Trainer, and President of Pragmatic Works. He focuses on driving adoption of technology through learning. He is an author of nine Power Platform, Business Intelligence, and SQL Server books. He has been selected as a speaker for conferences like Power Platform Summit, PASS Summit, SQLSaturdays, and Code Camps for many years. Making his home in Jacksonville, Florida Devin is a contributing member to several local user groups.
Mitchell Pearson has been with Pragmatic Works for 8 years as a Data Platform Consultant and the Training Content manager. Mitchell has authored books on SQL Server, Power BI and the Power Platform. Data Platform experience includes designing and implementing enterprise level Business Intelligence solutions with the Microsoft SQL Server stack (T-SQL, SSIS, SSAS, SSRS), the Power Platform and Microsoft Azure.
As a Training Content Manager, Consultant and Trainer with Pragmatic Works, Manuel uses his extensive knowledge of the BI Stack (SSRS, SSIS, SSAS etc.) to deliver exciting and engaging content. He also has experience with T-SQL, DAX, Power Platform and Azure Data Services. Manuel, however, is known for his impressive knowledge of the Microsoft Power BI tool. A native of Puerto Rico, He graduated from the University of Central Florida and loves being involved in the world of business intelligence. Manuel is a thought leader in the BI community.
Matt Peterson is a Trainer for Pragmatic Works specializing in the Power Platform. He graduated from the University of North Florida in 2006 and comes with 15 years of teaching experience in high school algebra. Matt earned the accomplishment in 2013 of being named the Florida Gifted Teacher of The Year. His primary focus is helping our customers learn the ins and outs of Power Apps and Power BI.
Jeremiah Hersey is a Trainer for Pragmatic Works specializing in the Power Platform. He graduated from the University of North Florida in 2012 and comes with 5 years of teaching experience in high school mathematics. Jeremiah earned the accomplishment every year teaching, of being named one of the Best and Brightest teachers of Florida. His primary focus is helping our customers learn the in and outs of Power Apps.
Julia, originally from Brazil, has been living in Jacksonville for 10 years. She graduated with honors from University of North Florida with a double major in Marketing & International Business and minor in Spanish. Julia also obtained her MBA with a concentration in Marketing from UNF.
As the Marketing Director, Julia evaluates and develops marketing strategies and plans by coordinating social media, email, and PPC marketing campaigns, including design of test/control segmentation, tracking/reporting/analyzing KPIs, and providing recommendations. She has extensive experience in the marketing industry and over 30 marketing certifications.
Her expertise in marketing strategy, project management, content creation, digital campaigns, paid-ads, product and service promotion, and marketing research and analytics all contribute to helping the company thrive.
Senior Sales Executive
Terri Mottram has had the privilege of working at Pragmatic Works for over 10 years and is our most Senior Sales Executive. She is the first to tell you that she has been in sales longer than some of her peers have been on planet Earth. That gives you a sense of her humor and willingness to laugh at herself. Terri focuses on helping organizations and individuals to learn technology. With a bachelor’s degree in Marketing/Management from Thomas College in Waterville, Maine (from the last century) Terri has skillfully negotiated many of our largest contracts to date.
Terri covers most states East of the Mississippi. She enjoys talking to, listening, and uncovering customers challenges and aligning training education to meet those needs. She has embraced technology (e.g., LinkedIn, Twitter) that helps to communicate, educate, and connect folks both inside and outside the organization.
Training Renewal Specialist
Ashley is a Florida native who has been working at Pragmatic Works for over a year and a half. She has a sales background and is currently the Training Renewal Specialist. She is also involved in account and customer relationship management. She received her marketing degree from the University of Florida and is presently pursuing her MBA at UF, as well. Go Gators!
Business Development Representative
Blake comes from a military family and served four years in the U.S. Navy, spending much of his time traveling both across the country and internationally. He has a diploma in Medical Insurance Billing and Coding as well as an Associate’s degree in both Criminal Justice and Healthcare Management. Blake enjoys studying new technologies, video games, anime, and learning about other cultures.